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Whittier Museum

The Whittier Historical Society was formed in 1970 and its immediate purpose was to start a Museum in the city of Whittier. Through the efforts of several determined individuals, a building was purchased and the Whittier Museum was open to the public in 1983. Since that time, the Whittier Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying the first 100 years of Whittier history and beyond. The Whittier Museum is completely supported by donations, grants and fundraisers. The Whittier Historical Society is committed to keeping the Whittier Museum open for school and special tours as well as to the public free of charge.

Contact Information:

Whittier Museum
6755 Newlin Ave.
Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: (562) 945-3871
Email: info@whittiermuseum.org

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Description :  Arnold Collins discusses the Strong House in Whittier, owned by Harriet Russell Strong, a prominent walnut rancher in early Whittier. He restored the house after buying it in 1970 as a teardown . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Johnason, Sue; Pearce, Phyllis
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Note : Program distortion and background noise as on original tapes. Static and hiss througout. Audio on Parts 1 and 2 goes from quiet to loud throughout. Parts 1 and 2 end abruptly. There is a rumble heard throughout Parts 5 and 6. Description : David Hartnell grew up in the Hispanic Los Nietos area, adjacent to Whittier. He describes this area beginning in 1906, including mentions of the Pico family. Call Number : M76.16C Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier....
Topics: californialightandsound, Hispanic Americans, Pico, Pío, 1801-1894
Source: 3 Tapes of 3 : 1/4 inch audio tape; 1/8 inch audiocassette
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by Giles, Nancy
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Description :  Bob Merlin was born in Whittier in 1926. He remembers an oil well fire in Santa Fe Springs, visible in Whittier. It lasted for days in the late 1920s. His father worked in the oil fields on a drilling crew . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Owens, Lee
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Description : Riordan arrived in Whittier in 1920. Her father was a conductor on the Pacific Electric Red Car rail line, which ran from Whittier to Los Angeles. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor...
Topics: californialightandsound, Transportation, Pacific Electric Railway Company
Source: 1 Tape of 1 : 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description :  Paul Gardner was born in Whittier in the early 1920s. He reminisces about his childhood and the way Whittier was before the post-war population boom . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Giles, Nancy
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Description :  Glen Miller's grandparents, Charles and Minnie Cryder, settled in San Dimas in 1897. His other set of grandparents, the Millers, settled in Whittier in 1894. By the early 1900s the Cryders had moved to a walnut and citrus farm in Whittier. Betty and Glen Miller likely discuss memories of farm life in Whittier . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  William Fletcher is a descendant of the King family, who, along with the Strong family, were among the first ranchers in the Whittier area. They purchased land from Don Pío Pico circa 1860. William Fletcher's mother was Myrtle King Fletcher . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Radford, Claire; Pearce, Phyllis; Stoody, Virginia
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Description :  Martha Russell is driving around the Pico Rivera area, describing the history of structures and the town, back to the mid-1800s when the area was called Maizeland . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Margetan, Paul
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Description :  Margaret Merkel was born in Missouri, where her father, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War, fled from Mississippi, and began a farm. She discusses the sharecroppers on her parents' Missouri farm, and the earliest roots of her desire to become a nurse. She worked as a nurse at Murphy Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital in Whittier . Source: 5 Tapes of 5: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by De La Torre, Margaret
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Description :  Glen Persing was born in Whittier in 1907. His father was a carpenter, who built the first St. Mary's Church building in Whittier, as well as the Bank of America and the Women's Club House . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by De La Torre, Margaret
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Description :  Douglas Perkins' grandfather, Nathan Ellis, was the first Justice of the Peace of Whittier. Perkins grew up in Los Nietos, an area of South Whittier that later incorporated as Santa Fe Springs. He discusses Whittier State School, as well as his early memories of Whittier Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Ida Crum's parents arrived in Whittier in 1896, and her father managed the Whittier Hotel under C. W. Harvey. She discusses her childhood in Whittier, including delivering milk, eating tamales, and local color . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Sarrail, Dick; Phelan, Regina; Anderson, Ellen; Claxton, Nancy; Farmer, Ann; Joyce, Lois; Sarrail, Carolyn
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Description :  Several Whittierites deliver presentations on women in Whittier history. Dick Sarrail is the moderator; Regina Phelan speaks on M.F.K. Fisher; Ellen Anderson speaks on Harriet Russell Strong; Nancy Claxton speaks on Artilissa Dorland Clark; Ann Farmer speaks on Jessamyn West; Lois Joyce speaks on Rebecca Bailey; and Carolyn Sarrail speaks on Dorothy Forbes . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Frances King, from a founding family in Whittier, discusses the establishment of Evergreen School, attending dances, her family and other prominent families in Whittier . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Giles, Nancy
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Note:  Static on Tape; High Amount of Hiss on Tape; High Background Noise on Tape; Program Distorted at Times. Description :  Husband and wife Jerry and Helen Allen likely discuss Jerry's father Eldon's work with Union Oil Company and service in World War I, Jerry's experiences at YMCA Camp Arbolado in the late 1930s, and Helen's work as a reporter for the Whittier Daily News. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Miller, Ak
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Description :  Ak Miller was a pioneer drag racer who had a career as a driver and car builder in many facets of motor racing for six decades. Born Akton Moeller, in Denmark, Miller migrated to Whittier with his parents as a child. Miller began his racing career on Southern California's dry lakes in the 1930s as a charter member of the Roadrunners, one of a group of car clubs that created the Southern California Timing Assn. and the National Hot Rod Assn. He served twice as president of the...
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by Cole, Martin
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Description :  Martin Cole recorded a discussion of the furniture in the Pío Pico Mansion in Whittier, likely sometime in the 1980s. Cole has written books on Pío Pico's mansion and the history of Pico Rivera. The Pío Pico Mansion is a California State Historic Park, run with assistance of the now-defunct Friends of Pío Pico and the Whittier Historical Society. Pío Pico was the last governor of Mexican California . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California...
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Description :  Frances King, from a founding family in Whittier, discusses the establishment of Evergreen School, attending dances, her family and other prominent families in Whittier . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  James Dyer was born in Whittier in 1910. He discusses early Whittier hospitals . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Rummel, Mary Ann
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Description :  William Fletcher is a descendant of the King family, who, along with the Strong family, were among the first ranchers in the Whittier area. They purchased land from Don Pío Pico circa 1860. William Fletcher's mother was Myrtle King Fletcher . Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Harold Brokaw's brother-in-law was A.R. Rideout, who was a leading figure in the Whittier area avocado industry, as well as developer of the neighborhood known as Rideout Heights. He discusses major players in the avocado industry in the early 1900s, as well as methods of cultivation. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Wood, Nadine; Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Ada (Arnett) Essley's mother came to Whittier in the 1860's. Mrs. Essley was born in Whittier in 1896. She grew up on a ranch in what was considered "the country" in the area of what is now Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. Dee Essley arrived in Whittier with his family in 1902. Dee Essley discusses the Whittier State School (later Fred C. Nelles, closed 2004) in great detail, as well as a pool hall and cigar shop in early Whittier called the Lark's Nest. He...
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Description :  Two women discuss their memories of the Pío Pico Mansion. One woman says her father was born in 1866, and was two years old during the big flood of 1868, which prompted her family to flee their property near the Pío Pico Mansion and lodge at the Strong Ranch, belonging to walnut farmer Harriet Russell Strong. Interviewers refer to this woman as Catherine. She MIGHT be Catherine Phelan but more detective work is needed. The second lady says her family bought their ranchland...
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by Radford, Claire
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Notes:  Poor quality recording. Description :  Claire Radford recorded a tour of the Pío Pico Mansion in Whittier, likely sometime in the 1980s. The Pío Pico Mansion is a California State Historic Park, run with assistance of the now-defunct Friends of Pío Pico and the Whittier Historical Society. Pío Pico was the last governor of Mexican California . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Mathony, Virginia; Giles, Nancy
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Description :  This is a very special oral history. LoVerne Morris wrote articles on Whittier history, published in the Whittier Daily News, for many years surrounding the 1950s. She interviewed founding families, and wrote long feature articles describing Whittier's first settlers. She is interviewed by Virginia Mathony, who wrote several books on Whittier history in the 1980s . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Rummel, Mary Ann; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  Paul Smith was born in 1879, and arrived in Whittier in 1882. His maternal grandfather, Rev. Augustus C. Hazzard, established the first two Methodist churches in Whittier. He has a clear memory of meeting Pío Pico when he was eight to ten years old. He discusses his memories of early Whittier, including Whittier State School (later Fred C. Nelles School for Boys) . Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description : Depicts horse parade that took place in Whittier in the late 1930s.  Source:  1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Depicts a parade in Uptown Whittier. The approximate year of the parade has been identified by cross-referencing city directories with businesses shown in the 7000 block of Greenleaf Ave (then 100 South block of Greenleaf). The following businesses visible in the film are all listed in the 1938, 1939, and 1942 Whittier City Directories: Western Auto Supply Co.; Elks Club (B.P.O.E.); Whittier Hardware; People's Finance and Loan Co.; Lackey's Furniture.  Source:  1 Reel of 1:...
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Description :  Harry Nerhood, who became music instructor at Whittier College in 1939, is giving advice on which Whittierites to interview for the first oral history program in the 1960s, and what interview methods to use . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Ashby, Dorothy Welch
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Description :  Dorothy Welch Ashby, in an address to the East Whittier Women's Club, likely discusses her childhood in Whittier as the daughter of Guy Welch, Chief of Police . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Betty Nishimura arrived in Whittier in 1954. She faced more racial prejudice upon her arrival in California than she had during her upbringing in Hawaii, even during Pearl Harbor. She tells the story of Pearl Harbor in great detail, and explains what her childhood in Hawaii was like . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Rummel, Mary Ann
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Description :  Julie York Hockett and Ruby York discuss the history of the York House, located on the corner of Mar Vista and York Avenue in Whittier. This was the Whittier Historical Society's Design House of 1987. Oilman Victor York purchased the 1911 Craftsman-style home in 1935 from its original owner, pioneer oilman William L. Plotts . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Jimi Castillo, along with his cousin-in-law Lupe Lopez, are descendants of Gabrielino Indians, the Native American tribe of the Whittier area. In 1990, they attempted to halt construction on a site in Whittier they believed was a Gabrielino burial ground. This was based on information found in the ethnography "Chinigchinich". It was ultimately declared the site was not a burial ground, and construction continued. This is now the shopping center at Whittier Blvd and...
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by Anderson, Ellen
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Description :  Shirley Marlatt, Hugh Bruen's niece-in-law, discusses Hugh Bruen and the chain of theaters he owned in the Whittier area. He was born in 1898, and moved to Whittier in 1936. He bought all three theaters then in town: the Wardman, the Whittier, and the Roxy. Shirley discusses the fate of historic theater buildings in Whittier throughout the years. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Auge, Kenneth C.
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Note:  High Amount of Hiss on Tape. Recording ends abruptly.  Description :  Husband and wife Jerry and Helen Allen likely discuss Jerry's father Eldon's work with Union Oil Company and service in World War I, Jerry's experiences at YMCA Camp Arbolado in the late 1930s, and Helen's work as a reporter for the Whittier Daily News. Source:  1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  The Jose Maria and Josefa Ramirez family has ties to the Whittier area dating back to 1850. They both came to California from Sonora, Mexico. They were married at the San Gabriel Mission and had 17 children, 2 who died in infancy. One son, Juan Diego Ramirez, married Francisca Zuniga of El Monte. They had 9 children, their third child, a daughter, is Josephine Louise (Ramirez) Arcadi. Another son of Jose Maria and Josefa is Henry Ramirez who married Delfina Gonzales of Rivera....
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by Wood, Nadine; Pearce, Phyllis
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Notes:  Low volume in first half of recording. Description :  Warren Johnson worked for Standard Oil for many years. He discusses Whittier life as well as his experiences working for Standard Oil . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Title likely refers to a fire at The Whittier Daily News on June 14, 1958 Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Margetan, Paul
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Description :  Catherine Laird Nanney Biggers is part of the Nanney real estate family, responsible for developing East Whittier from orchards into suburban housing tracts following World War II. In this oral history, she likely discusses her memories of early Whittier as well as her family's involvement in the real estate business. Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Notes: Poor quality first segment of reel. Description : Depicts a football game at Whittier College in 1957. Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Arcadi, John
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Description :  Thomas Phelan, born 1904 in Whittier, was the grandson of early rancher Thomas Hackett Phelan who moved to Whittier in 1868, 19 years before the city was settled by Quakers. There is an elementary school named after the Phelan family in Whittier . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Rummel, Mary Ann
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Notes:  Poor quality recording on side B. Description :  Doyle McMillin was responsible for moving many buildings in Whittier. Rather than tear a building down, he found the resources and methods for moving the building to a new location, to rearrange the town according to its land development needs. The address of each building he moved is mentioned, but the years are not. He was active in the early 1900s . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual...
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Description :  Vera Manning recalls the family business in Whittier, Manning Meat Market, as well as parachutist Spud Manning . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  Loretta Mae Cook was born in Iowa in 1880, and arrived in Whittier in 1886, a year before its official founding as a city. She discusses her memories of early Whittier . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Thayer, Marjorie
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Description :  Marjorie Thayer grew up on a ranch in Whittier, and went on to become an editor and writer of children's books. She discusses her early memories of Whittier, her childhood friend M.F.K. Fisher, and her career in publishing. This is an address delivered to the Friends of the Whittier Public Library . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  Margaret Reese Sherman discusses the Whittier pioneer Bacon and Reese families, as well as her recollections of the Great Depression and the development of East Whittier from ranchland into housing tracts . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Call Number : 90-01-25.001; 90-01-25.002 Source : 2 Reels of 2: Film: 16mm Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Transmission or reproduction of works protected by copyright beyond that allowed by...
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by Seitz, Marjorie
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Notes:  Feedback and unidentified noises on recording. Description :  Loretta Mae Cook and the Marshburns, all early Whittier residents, discuss their memories of early Whittier. The Marshburns are relatives of President Richard Nixon. Source: 4 Tapes of 4: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Regina Phelan, born in 1920 was the granddaughter of early rancher Thomas Hackett Phelan who moved to Whittier in 1868, 19 years before the city was settled by Quakers. There is an elementary school named after the Phelan family in Whittier . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Rummel, Mary Ann
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Description :  Ross C. Lambert's grandfather, Elwood Lambert, was born in Ohio. He fought in the Civil War, then moved to Whittier in 1893. He planted walnuts on 25 acres between Whittier and Fullerton. Ross C. Lambert's father, Reece S. Lambert, also bought land in Whittier and grew walnuts as well . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Wood, Nadine
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Description :  Helen married into the Hathaway family, whose history in Santa Fe Springs begins in 1890. She discusses the history of her husband's family in the town, as well as her own recollections. She mentions that the oil boom in Santa Fe Springs brought in prostitution and gambling. It is unusual for a Whittier-area oral history of this era to touch on those controversial subjects . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project...
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by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Idris Thomas discusses the history of her home, at 12305 Norino Drive, in Whittier. It was built for J. Hoyt Denny in 1916 . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  This likely refers to the 75th anniversary of the founding of Whittier (1962; 1887). Also known as a Diamond Jubilee. In this year, Whittier History articles were published in the newspaper, including interviews with longtime residents, who could remember Whittier as it was in the 19th century Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Monte Wicker was born in 1919 and died in 2016. He was a former Whittier councilman and longtime owner of Monte's Camera, still in operation by his sons in Uptown Whittier as of 2017. Wicker graduated from Whittier High in 1934, attended several colleges, including Whittier College, and served in the Army during World War II. Wicker was among the businessmen who founded the Whittier Uptown Association in 1954. He was elected to the City Council in 1962 and served three...
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Whittier Museum
by Stafford, Jane
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Notes:  Poor quality recording. Description :  Ira Cate's grandfather moved from Illinois to rent several acres from last governor of Mexican California Don Pio Pico, before Whittier existed. He grew corn, walnut and citrus. Source:  1 Tape of 1 : 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Whittier Museum
by De La Torre, Margaret
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Notes:  Middle portion of recording is inaudible. Description :  Neva B. Turner's parents arrived in Whittier from Santa Ana in 1901, and Neva was born in 1904. She discusses her memories of early Whittier, including movie theaters . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by De La Torre, Margaret
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Description :  Mary Neyer's father was George Weinshank, who was born in Los Angeles in 1866. He taught agriculture at the Whittier State School (later Fred C. Nelles School for Boys), and in 1907 planted the Paradox Hybrid Walnut tree, around which there was an annual Walnut Festival in Whittier for many years.   It was designated as a California State Landmark. She discusses St. Mary's Catholic Church in Whittier, the effects of the Depression on her family, and daily life in Whittier...
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Whittier Museum
by Margetan, Paul
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Description :  T. Earle Woodward was a Whittier citrus rancher from 1909 to 1939, when he moved to Anaheim with his wife Gladys . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Jack Matson was born in Kansas City, Missouri, 1926. He joined the Navy in 1944. He remained in the Navy Reserve and retired in 1986 with the rank of Captain. He served on active duty at the end of WWII, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he, his wife and two sons moved to Whittier in 1954. He opened his own Architectural office in 1957 and retired in 2001. He died in Whittier in 2005 . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette...
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Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  Blanche (Keen) Seppi came to Whittier with her parents and brother Walter in 1897. They settled on a 10 acre ranch in South Whittier. Their father, Scott Keen, had his own grading business and it is estimated that he graded 85% of the roads in Whittier. Walter Keen also went into the grading business. Mrs. Seppi married Joseph Seppi who worked as a civil engineer in the Whittier/La Habra area. Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual...
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Description :  Ann Sargent Smith's parents were citrus farmers in Whittier. She discusses her family history . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Whittier Museum
by Owens, Lee
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Description :  Freda Salih discusses her husband, George Salih. Born in 1914, George Salih was an engineer and foreman for Meyer-Drake, the producer of the Offenhauser engine that would dominate the Indy 500 for three decades. He also built the Belond-AP Special, the winning car of the Indy 500 race in 1957, in the garage of his Whittier home. He lived in Whittier on Milliken Avenue with his wife, Freda, and daughter Nannette. There is a permanent exhibit of George Salih's racecar at the...
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Whittier Museum
by Hunnicutt, Leland
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Description :  The "Old Ranch House", later known as the Bailey House, is discussed, as well as operations of the Leffingwell Ranch . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Whittier Museum
by Herzog, Willa
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Note : Hiss and some distortion heard throughout. There is distortion at the very beginning of Part 1. The recording level drops from 00:00:40-00:30:10 on Part 2. Description : Palmer was born in 1901 in Indiana, and came to Whittier in 1916. He discusses the oil industry, Nixon family, Leffingwell Ranch, water rights, Prohibition, and Japanese internment camps. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright...
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Description :  Esther Cole Welsh was born in Whittier in 1923. Her husband Emory was born in 1919, and he grew up in Rivera (later Pico Rivera). They discuss Whittier schools and the walnut and orange groves of the area . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Helen Aldrich Lowe was born in Whittier in 1924. She discusses schools she attended in Whittier, and the dance studio she ran with her sister in Whittier for 11 years, Aldrich Sisters Dance Studio. She also likely discusses her work with the telephone company . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Dolores Alvarado Conners was a grand-niece of Don Pio Pico, and a pioneer resident of Whittier since 1896. She served as a docent at the Pio Pico Mansion in Whittier. Her second husband, William E. Conners, was one of the first police officers in San Diego . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Whittier Museum
by Owens, Lee
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Description :  John Nagel operated the Los Angeles East Side Airport, frequently called the Whittier Airport, located in neighboring town Pico Rivera, in the late 1920s, early 1930s. He is interviewed by Lee Owens, whose father was a friend and employee of Nagel . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Whittier Museum
by Anderson, Ellen
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Description :  Myron Claxton was born in Whittier in 1919, and discusses his boyhood in Whittier, as well as his time on the City Council after retirement. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Whittier Museum
by Giles, Nancy
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Description :  John Spear arrived in Whittier to work in 1946, but spent time here from 1926, as his uncle and grandmother lived here. He began working at a Post Office in Pennsylvania in 1936. He volunteered for the Navy, and spent a year and a half at Pearl Harbor, working in the post office there. He served as Assistant Superintendent of Mails at the Whittier Post Office, retiring in 1972. He discusses the change of street numbering system in Whittier, in 1966, from three-digit addresses...
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Whittier Museum
by Harcourt, Patricia
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Description :  Charlie Cooper's grandfather was Oscar Marshburn, who operated the stage line, transporting people to the closest train station to Whittier in Norwalk. His parents met in one of the first classes at Whittier Academy (later Whittier College), in 1893. He was born in the 1890s in Whittier, and spent his childhood in Los Nietos (South Whittier/Santa Fe Springs area). He discusses agriculture, daily life, and schools in early Whittier . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape...
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Whittier Museum
by Mathony, Virginia
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Description :  Sylvia Nowlin was born in Oklahoma in 1910. She came to Whittier at the age of 15 with her family. They drove in a Model-T on washboard roads for two weeks to California. She vividly remembers the sight of Whittier Boulevard as she rode into town . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  J.D. and Edith Brannon discuss the Leffingwell Ranch, which comprised much of East Whittier before it was developed into homes. Brannon worked on the ranch, and details agricultural methods such as smudging. He mentions Mexican, Chinese, and Japanese agricultural workers. . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Whittier Museum
by Dean, Monica
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Description :  Milo G. Burcham was born in Indiana in 1903. In 1919, his father moved the family to the Quaker town of Whittier, California, and worked as a citrus rancher. In 1933, Burcham competed in setting inverted flight endurance records. His flight of 4 h 5 min 22 s that December was not broken until July 24, 1991. In 1941, Burcham joined Lockheed as a production test pilot and spent a year as chief pilot of Lockheed's operations in England. On October 20, 1944 Burcham was killed in the...
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Whittier Museum
by Selfridge, Marwynne
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Description :  Patty Jennings was born in 1893 in Brazil, Iowa, and arrived in Whittier with her husband and two daughters in 1928. She discusses the hard times of the Depression, Whittier-area businesses, and her work with the Daughters of Rebekah, a branch of the Independent Order of Longfellow . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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